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23 Jan 2013 Meteorologists have known for decades that waste plumes…the vented heat and moisture from power plants can produce clouds and showers downwind. Now this phenomenon has been captured by Doppler radar. “Nuke Effect” snow. It appears Pennsylvania’s Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant near Shippingport generated enough waste heat and moisture in this bitter air mass to create a “nuke effect” snow plume downwind. Up to an inch of snow was reported under the narrow, localized snow plume.